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Looking to the wise forumites for some input regarding the frame below:
<a href="https://s1081.photobucket.com/user/jdefran/media/ibis_zpsb121c730.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="https://i1081.photobucket.com/albums/j343/jdefran/ibis_zpsb121c730.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo ibis_zpsb121c730.jpg"/></a>

From what I can tell it is a 1996 Ibis Mojo, going off of color and decals.

The asking price is $50, more than fair from what I understand as far as value.

How would this deserve to be built up? Fork recommendations? I might able to get a fork at the co-op..not sure what to look for. Maybe you have one to trade/sell ;)

The seller also has some XTR v-brakes available and Dean stem I can purchase.

Might need fresh paint or powdercoat. I'll be sure to inspect the chain stay where there was chain stuck. Not sure why the crank is installed backwards:shocked:

Any input is welcome..
 

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Wow! 50?! I'd leave the paint alone and build up with XT or XTR. Not sure about a fork but I reckon it came with a 80mm travel fork. Good score.
 

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Looks kind of rough but given the presence of "hand Job" brake hanger likely CA made. Any way the parts currently on the bike are a few years newer than the frame so it may not be suspension corrected. Nice project but this one will take work. Also hope you are tall...
 

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Wow! 50?! I'd leave the paint alone and build up with XT or XTR. Not sure about a fork but I reckon it came with a 80mm travel fork. Good score.
From the research I've done, it was either a 63mm or 80mm fork. I would probably just run a rigid fork cause I'm cheap. Perhaps spend the money on decent parts and build up a light weight single track ride.

Looks kind of rough but given the presence of "hand Job" brake hanger likely CA made. Any way the parts currently on the bike are a few years newer than the frame so it may not be suspension corrected. Nice project but this one will take work. Also hope you are tall...
What do you mean by hand job brake hanger?

Hopefully the backwards crankset doesn't have any indication on the structural integrity.

I've done several builds from the frame up, so there shouldn't be anything too difficult. Only concern will be obtaining the correct fork and hanging the parts on it that is deserves.
 

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I honestly do not have the vintage background on that frame other than if it is solid without rust or other issues it looks like a great deal.

What I do have is recent experience in building up a bike from the frame up. I have done that twice in the last 6 months and if you don't have a lot of parts laying around, or even if you do, it will cost you more than you think it will, and in most cases more than what it would cost to buy one complete.

So it really comes down to whether you want to build a bike or buy a bike. I like building things my way, and trying to maintain some budget constraints. But I have been spending a lot of hours on ebay and buying a lot more parts and bike stuff because at 62, I figure I better build it and ride it while I can.

YMMV

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At $50 I'd go for it. If the frame isn't sound then you could make your money back eBaying the parts. :)

I'm not sure about the left hand drive set up being an indication of structural integrity of the frame, by the looks of the chain and front derailleur, it looks like a project that went nowhere so some stuff just got thrown back on. Whether there are any gouges under the chainstay protector or big dings under the top tube pad is the question, but I'd take a punt on it if the size was right.

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I honestly do not have the vintage background on that frame other than if it is solid without rust or other issues it looks like a great deal.

What I do have is recent experience in building up a bike from the frame up. I have done that twice in the last 6 months and if you don't have a lot of parts laying around, or even if you do, it will cost you more than you think it will, and in most cases more than what it would cost to buy one complete.

So it really comes down to whether you want to build a bike or buy a bike. I like building things my way, and trying to maintain some budget constraints. But I have been spending a lot of hours on ebay and buying a lot more parts and bike stuff because at 62, I figure I better build it and ride it while I can.

YMMV

John
I don't need another bike, more of a hobby. I have enough parts to build it up, it just might not be what the frame deserves..I would only need to purchase a fork.

Brake hangar is shaped like a hand
After some research, this became clear. From my understanding I will need to run cantilevers to really use the hand. I have a set of older Deore's on hand (no pun intended)

At $50 I'd go for it. If the frame isn't sound then you could make your money back eBaying the parts. :)

I'm not sure about the left hand drive set up being an indication of structural integrity of the frame, by the looks of the chain and front derailleur, it looks like a project that went nowhere so some stuff just got thrown back on. Whether there are any gouges under the chainstay protector or big dings under the top tube pad is the question, but I'd take a punt on it if the size was right.

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I like your thinking, I've have already received offers for the frame in the event I don't build it up.

Pending inspection, I think I will move forward with the purchase. It should fit, I'm 6' and my modern mountain bike is 19" inches.

Are you kidding me you actually need to ask, just buy it, does are great riding frames..
No I'm not kidding you, no I don't need to ask. I don't think the forum would exist
if like-minded folks (people enjoying bicycles) didn't value the opinions of their comrades.
 

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That's a large or xtra large. at 6f it's slightly too big, it does look like crap and i wonder why the silver tape on the seat tube but then at 50 bucks..:thumbsup:
 

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Hopefully the backwards crankset doesn't have any indication on the structural integrity.

I've done several builds from the frame up...
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I don't think you have.

You clearly have no idea how things work if you think you can swap the drivetrain side to side.

Probably already stolen out from under you anyway, you needed to buy that not post it on the internet.



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I don't think you have.

You clearly have no idea how things work if you think you can swap the drivetrain side to side.

Probably already stolen out from under you anyway, you needed to buy that not post it on the internet.



Tom
Well Tom before underestimating someone and being a jerk, you could spend a minute looking at the photo to see the rear derailleur hanger is on the standard drive side of the bike.

Thank you for the life advice, however I was able to purchase the bike without a problem. Next time I'll provide the location of the bike and seller's info:idea:
 

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Well, Jdfran, I know what ****ing side the hanger is on.

Now why don't you put me in my place and build it up with a left hand drive?

Nice score BTW, I'd have no problem giving $200 for that.:thumbsup:
 
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